IT’S hard in today’s society to remain unaware of the
genocide that took place in the Second World War when the Nazis orchestrated the chilling events of the Holocaust.
But are you aware of the genocide in Cambodia? What about Rwanda? Bosnia? What about the mass slaughter of women and children that’s taking place right now in Syria?
Cheltenham's Laura Attwood, director of Brick Door Theatre Company, firmly believes that we live in an ill-informed world where people are not aware of the modern day tragedies taking place.
At 21, she acknowledged gaps in her knowledge and saw a theatre as a way of filling them and educating others.
Step forward TRACKS, which aims to raise awareness of the aforementioned massacres in eight theatrical stages.
The show debuted at Cheltenham’s Frog and Fiddle pub on Sunday – a venue picked to try and appeal to a new audience.
“That’s why a pub is perfect, it’s somewhere your average theatregoer wont necessarily go,” musical director Robert Perry says.
“We’re trying to expand it to an audience who might think theatre is all jazz hands or panto.”
Laura is the first to mention that without generous donations from the general public the company’s recent birth would not have been possible.
Through a donation website, help from close friends and those in the industry, Laura was able to raise enough money to launch the company.
They hope that all the hard work in putting together TRACKS will provide a platform for the future.
Hayley Trust, who stars in the play, said: “Being in TRACKS has made me learn so much about genocide and it’s made me more passionate.
“I want to get the message out there to those who are ignorant.”
Whilst not for the faint-hearted the group feel people should be exposed to the harsh truth behind such events.
Whilst ignorance is bliss there are some things you shouldn’t hide away from.
TRACKS is at Gloucester Guildhall on February 13 or the Olympus Theatre in Gloucester on February 28. For tickets, call 07920 107026.